Benefits of Data Center Consolidation

Are low cost servers, used for applications such as sales force automation and workgroup collaboration creating server sprawl in your data center? This is a typical situation for many data center operators and before long you often find you have outgrow your available power and cooling capacity. This case study on data center consolidation shows how Cisco was able to help Coca-Cola Bottling company go from 80 servers to 20 virtual machines.

Virtualization has been proven an effective tool for consolidating data center servers. Yet, in this case Coca-Cola Bottling Company decided to build a new data center network that would continue to work with their existing servers and storage as they gradually migrated to a unified fabric for their LAN and SAN networks. By migrating servers to the new design gradually, as equipment ages, leases mature, or the company introduced new applications they were able to minimize expenditures while reaping the rewards of a faster network; increasing available space and power and reducing power cost.

For more details on Coca-Cola Bottling data center consolidation strategies and benefits download this white paper.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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  1. I can't agree with Kevin more. Many DBAs would agree that data consolidation can be a real headache. So if you’re getting bogged down with growing data management and need to optimize your data center then here’s your chance to cut loose from database vendors that multiply data management hardware & software costs. Register here - and speak to IBM Experts in a unique online chat session on June 23, 2011. The IBM TechChat Series is an online chat session that is part of the IBM TechChat Series. This will include experts on data management & data consolidation.